How to Make a Frodo Costume

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Make your own Lord of the Rings traveling cloak.
Make your own Lord of the Rings traveling cloak. (Image: Amanda Rohde/iStock/Getty Images)

Gather eight traveling companions and set out on a heart-pumping adventure as Frodo Baggins. You can transform yourself into this loveable hobbit by adding a few design elements to your own brown trousers, white button-up shirt and suspenders. In a small amount of time, you can create stunning hairy hobbit feet and your own Lord of the Rings-inspired traveling cloak.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Dark green flat twin sheet
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Cloak toggle
  • Funny feet slippers
  • Scissors
  • Permanent craft adhesive glue
  • Flat canvas shoes with elastic sides
  • Clothespins
  • White acrylic paint
  • Yellow ochre acrylic paint
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Palette
  • Paint brush
  • Palette knife
  • 1 package curly brown doll hair, 50 ounces
  • Tweezers

Hairy Hobbit Feet

Cut the soles from the funny feet slippers. Leave as much of the side of the slippers as possible.

Lay the slipper tops over the top of the canvas shoes. Make a mental note of how and where the slippers overlap the shoes.

Remove the slippers and add permanent craft adhesive glue to the top and sides of the canvas shoes.

Carefully place the slippers back over the canvas shoes. Press the slippers onto the canvas. Clip the feet in place with clothespins. Allow the glue to dry.

Paint a base coat on the hobbit feet with white acrylic paint. Let dry.

Mix a small amount of yellow ochre, white and brown paint until you achieve your natural skin color. Paint the hobbit feet. Let dry.

Spread a thin layer of the permanent craft adhesive glue onto the tops of the hobbit feet and across the top of the toes.

Use tweezers to add strands of the brown curly doll hair to the glue. Add hair just above the toe line and work your way upwards. The overall amount of hair you use is up to you. Allow the glue to dry before wearing.

Frodo's Traveling Cloak

Measure your back from the base of your neck to your mid-calf. Record the length.

Divide the sheet in half lengthwise with the wrong sides facing each other. Cut the bottom off of the sheet so that the sheet measures the same length as your back to mid-calf measurement. Set the extra fabric aside.

Draw an arch that extends to the edge of the fabric, starting at the top fold. This will create the shoulder portion of the cape. Cut along the line of the arch so that the sheet resembles a shark’s fin. Open the fabric with the wrong side facing up.

Fold the extra fabric in half. Cut the top edge to resemble a semicircle. It should be the same width as the cloak and measure 24 inches vertically. Lay the flat end of the long edge of the semicircle over the top edge of the cape, wrong sides facing each other. Pin the pieces together.

Sew the pieces together with a 5/8-inch seam allowance. Sew the garment from the center of the fabric outwards. Follow the garment’s curve. Remove the sewing pins and turn the cloak right side out.

Hem the cloak with a 1/4-inch seam. If necessary, pin the hem in place before sewing.

Sew a toggle to the front of the cloak where the hood and cloak pieces are attached.

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